Premier Oil has been granted a drilling permit for a well in the southern North Sea by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
The Maersk Guardian will drill a wildcat well located in block 3/7-10 S.
It will be the first exploration well allowed under production licence 539.
Premier owns a 40% stake in the well. Suncor Energy retains a 20% stake, DEA has 12% and Ithaca owns the remaining 8%.